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President Young To Discuss Academic Incubators March 10 At SXSW

March 9, 2017

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By Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications

Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young will moderate a panel discussing the concept and evolution of “academic incubators” from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, March 10 in the Lady Bird Ballroom of the Hotel Van Zandt as part of the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive event in Austin.

Young, the 25th president of Texas A&M, previously served as the President of the University of Washington and, prior to that, the University of Utah. Panelists include Judy Marks, CEO of Siemens US; Jodi Goldstein, managing director of Harvard Innovations Labs; and Ray Rothrock, chairman and CEO of RedSeal, a software analytics firm. Rothrock is a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M.

Texas A&M President Michael K. Young.
Texas A&M President Michael K. Young.

The panel will focus on the idea of “academic incubators,” a term used to define “well-thought-out ideas that come at a fast rate, and get sharpened and honed and vetted by a lot of smart, interested and involved people.”

“We were very selective on panelist invitations to this SXSW activation,” said President Young. “Each individual represents a proven leadership component in the formula for many successful academic incubators – from large-scale corporations like Siemens, to the extraordinary venture capital success that Ray Rothrock has had, to the proven academic incubator model that Jodi Goldstein can speak to at the Harvard iLab – outstanding expertise for a conversation worthy of SXSW.”

Universities and industry partners are responding to the rise of entrepreneurial endeavors with pathways to facilitate connections to students, potential investors, and industry leaders. Incorporating these components keeps both universities and businesses competitive and attractive, and therefore better able to retain talented students and faculty, and employees.

For the first time ever, Texas A&M will be participating at the SXSW Festival and Conference in Austin during Interactive Week, March 10-15, highlighting the innovative work happening at the tier-one research institution. Texas A&M is one of just a handful of universities showcasing during Interactive Week.

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About Texas A&M University: Texas A&M, established in 1876 as the first public university in Texas, is one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 66,000 students and more than 440,000 living alumni residing in over 150 countries around the world. A tier-one university, Texas A&M holds the rare triple land-, sea- and space-grant designation. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $892.7 million in fiscal year 2016. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. The school’s Lead by Example campaign is a comprehensive effort to raise $4 billion by the year 2020, making it the largest higher education campaign in Texas history and the second largest conducted nationally by a public university. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and a strong desire to serve.

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